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The Film Archipelago: Islands in Latin American Cinema

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How do the islands and archipelagos of the New World figure in Latin American cinema? Comprising 15 essays and a critical introduction, The Film Archipelago: Islands in Latin American Cinema addresses this question by examining a series of intersections between insular spaces and filmmaking in Latin America. The volume brings together international scholars and filmmakers to consider a diverse corpus of films about islands, films that take place on islands, films produced in islands, and films that problematise islands.

The book explores a diverse range of films that extend from the Chilean documentaries of Patricio Guzmán to work on the Malvinas/Falkland Islands, and films by Argentine directors Gustavo Fontán and Lucrecia Martel. Chapters focus on Rapa Nui (Easter Island), the Mexican Islas Marías, and the Panamanian Caribbean; on ecocritical, environmental and film historical aspects of Brazilian and Argentine river islands; and on Cuban, Guadeloupean, Haitian, and Puerto Rican contexts.

The Film Archipelago argues that the islands and archipelagos of Latin American cinema constitute a critically interesting, analytically complex, and historically suggestive angle to explore issues of marginality and peripherality, remoteness and isolation, and fragility and dependency. As a whole, the collection demonstrates to what extent the combined insular and archipelagic lens can re-frame and re-figure both longstanding and recent discussions on the spaces of Latin American cinema.

ISBN-13: 9781350281752

Media Type: Paperback

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

Publication Date: 07-27-2023

Pages: 360

Product Dimensions: 9.21h x 6.14w x 1.00d

Series: World Cinema

Antonio Gómez is Associate Professor of Latin American Literature and Film at Tulane University, USA.

Francisco-J. Hernández Adrián is Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at Durham University, UK.